Today I’m sharing my favourites from Jonny and Sophie’s wedding at Minterne House in Dorset. Minterne House is a really special wedding venue as the owners only host a small number of weddings and events each year as the house remains very much a family home. Minterne House and Garden is such a beautiful place to hold a wedding and the grounds made me giddy with excitement for all of the options we had for photos. Inside, guests have the run of a few rooms including a quiet room away from the dance floor to sit and chat. Jonny and Sophie struck gold with the weather on their wedding day as it was more like June than mid-September which was lovely as their guests could spill out onto the lawn well into the evening.
Katie and James got married at the start of August in the Surrey Hills village where Katie grew up. Having booked Kat Hill as their wedding photographer, Katie and James decided that they’d like to have wedding videography too and Kat recommended me having shot a wedding side by side in Cambridge a couple of years back. Thanks Kat!
Lily and Jake got married at the end of July at St Michael’s Church in Cropthorne, Worcestershire, and they held their reception at Springhill Barn in Fladbury. They opted for my ‘Music Video Collection’ which is a hybrid wedding photography and wedding videography collection including a full coverage wedding photography and the production of a 3 minute music video. It’s the perfect balance for those of you who fancy having a little video made, but don’t want the fuss or expense of full coverage wedding videography. As a Birmingham wedding photographer and wedding filmmaker, I film and photograph weddings across the Midlands as well as further afield around the UK. To find out more about having me film or photograph your wedding for you, get in touch.
For the past three or four months I have been working on a documentary about marathon runner Hayley Carruthers. I’ve been tagging along to training sessions down at the track, local races in Tipton and at the University of Birmingham, and to her big events as well. This season’s key diary dates have included Highgate 10,000m at the start of July and the 5000m at the British Championships at Alexander Stadium this weekend gone.
Sadly a few clashes in my diary with weddings have meant I’ve also missed a few key races including the English Championships at Milton Keynes at the end of July, but thankfully I was able to be there on Sunday for the British Championships and to get media accreditation in time to have proper access. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to film anything inside the stadium as the BBC were present, but through photographs I documented Hayley’s race and a few other events taking place throughout the afternoon.
Tim and Ellie chose to get married at Coddington Vineyard in mid-October. Coddington Vineyard is a working vineyard and a new to the scene wedding and events venue tucked away in the Malverns on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire border. The vineyard and beautiful gardens create a perfect backdrop for either a lakeside ceremony or outdoor drinks reception. For the evening meal and dancing, there’s a barn with many original features and space to set up a marquee or tent too.
Rob and Jenny got married in Worcestershire at the start of May. They held their ceremony in Rob’s childhood village church and then enjoyed a garden party reception up the road in Ombersley at the Parsonage. Jenny and Rob’s wedding fell at just the right time for the grounds, as the house itself was covered in wisteria and the lawns were speckled with blossom trees and clematis. In the evening they enjoyed clear views across the fields looking north-west towards the Abberley Hills. May really is a lovely time of year to get married and Jenny and Rob enjoyed the best the season has to offer. All of the images in this post are stills from video.
Kirsteen and Paul got married over the early May bank holiday weekend and celebrated with a wedding reception held in a PapaKåta sperry tent at Shiningford Farm. Shiningford Farm is an exclusive use wedding venue in Derbyshire on the edge of Carsington Water. What makes Shiningford Farm weddings special is that you can stay on the farm for the whole weekend, not just for your wedding day. The venue is perfect as an outdoor wedding venue and has plenty of space to set up a marquee, tent, yurt or teepee and space to sleep upto 34 guests. The photos in this post are stills from video.
Bryony and Craig got married at Shustoke Farm Barns at the end of March. Shustoke Farm Barns is a wedding barn with a licence for civil ceremonies in Warwickshire, about 25 minutes drive from central Birmingham. Both Bryony and Craig stayed over at the Lea Marston Hotel nearby the night before their wedding to get ready close to the venue on the Friday morning. It worked out perfectly since I was filming solo on the day, but could easily capture the action from both Bryony and Craig’s perspectives. Bryony and Craig’s wedding including their highlights film has also been featured on British wedding blog Love My Dress in September 2018. The images in this post are all stills from video.
Clare and Eman got married in Cambridge on a very wet September day. Their ceremony was held at OLEM in central Cambridge and was followed by a reception in a PapaKåta teepee at Clare’s parents’ home. I’ll let the films and the still frames captured from the footage do the rest of the talking, but do check out the suppliers listed at the bottom of this post if you’re also planning a Cambridge wedding or a PapaKåta teepee wedding. Their wedding has also been featured over on Rock my Wedding (April 2018).
Back in February I took part in a ‘fine art’ bridal styled shoot at Notley Abbey on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The shoot was styled and planned by Sundari Ferris and Andri Benson and inspired by the fine art wedding scene. Alongside the photography which was provided by Emma Pilkington on film and digital I produced two videos from the day’s shoot. The main film was featured by The Wedding Sparrow at the end of July and is set to be republished on Rock My Wedding at the start of December. I also made a ‘behind the scenes’ video which is less editorial but a much more honest look at what a photo shoot looks like in reality.
Janine and Paul got married at the end of August on what must have been one of the hottest days of the year. They enjoyed an outdoor wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey in the walls of the old abbey. I’ve filmed at Notley Abbey before for a styled shoot which has been published on Wedding Sparrow and also over on Rock My Wedding, but it was a treat to return to film a proper wedding.
Back in early August, Ed and I returned to Springhill Wedding Barn in Fladbury near Evesham to film for Helen and Matt, and today I thought I would take a break from my editing pile and share their wedding films and a few words about their wedding day. The following images are still frames taken from footage captured for their wedding films.